Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
Re: F-350 2004-2005 towing spes. changes
I am not a salesman. I am a Ford tech and work on plenty of Super Duty models. Like I said "Complete suspension change".
Ford has done away with the front leaf-spring suspension, replacing it with with a new monobeam coil spring front suspension. Such efficient packaging of the new front suspension allows the front wheels to turn 18-percent further. (The front suspension on two-wheel-drive pickups remains unchanged.)
Ford engineers say this design change dramatically improves maneuverability and reduces the average turning circle by more than 5.5 feet. Going from a leaf spring to a link-coil front suspension gives the new Super Duty several advantages, including increased roll stiffness, more weight capacity, and the ability to fine-tune the ride.
The frame and rear suspension are the same as previous models with 2 axle setups to choose from.